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Updated: August 5, 2012 6:31AM

It’s time to celebrate largemouth bass for the ages, north and south.

Matt Spyrka (above) was fishing a Hoffman
Estates neighborhood lake with a friend on June 24 when he caught a 22-inch largemouth weighing 6.2 pounds on a black buzzbait.

‘‘I couldn’t believe how big it was until I brought it onto shore,’’ the 14-year-old emailed. ‘‘It was the biggest fish I’ve ever caught.’’

Meanwhile, Wes Serafin (below) caught a 20-inch largemouth on a 9-inch plastic worm last week on a Will County lake. He didn’t weigh it before releasing it.

Try topwaters early and late or artificial worms and Senkos deep.

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